Botox is a great option for reducing the appearance of lines and wrinkles. However, the treatments cost an average of $375 per injection and the results last anywhere from three to six months. If you like getting these treatments but can't afford to go to the dermatologist on a regular basis to receive them, you may be wondering if there's anything you can do to make your results last longer. Here are two things you can try that may help you stretch your Botox treatments a little further.
Take Zinc Before Getting the Injections
A small study performed by an ophthalmologist indicates taking zinc prior to getting Botox injections may make the result last longer. In the study, patients were given 50 grams of zinc citrate and 3,000U of phytase for four days prior to treatment. For 92 percent of participants who took the vitamin/enzyme combination, their Botox injections lasted 30 percent longer than normal. Additionally, 84 percent said the treatments worked even better than they did previously.
It's believe that the reason the zinc increased the injection's longevity was because the Botox enzymes depend on zinc to function correctly. Thus, increasing your zinc consumption in the days before getting your treatment may extend the life of your results.
You can get zinc supplements over the counter as well as obtain zinc from a number of foods, including pumpkin seeds, lamb, chickpeas, cashews, and mushrooms. It's important to also take phytase, as this helps you absorb zinc more effectively. Be sure to consult with your healthcare provider prior to making changes to your diet to ensure it's safe for you to do so.
Avoid Exercise and Sun After Receiving Treatment
Another thing you can do is avoid the sun and strenuous exercise for a day or two after receiving the injections. This is because both the sun and exercise can stimulate your blood circulation, which may cause the medication to disperse from the injection sites faster and before it can have a full effect.
You'll also want to avoid rubbing the treated areas for 12 hours or lying down for 4 hours afterwards, because either of these activities can cause the medication to move around under the skin, which can cause drooping and other problems.
For more tips on making the results of your Botox injections last longer or to make an appointment to get the treatment done, contact a local center such as Azalea Skin Treatment Center.